8 Healthy Ways to Eat Peanut Butter All Day
We’ve got you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner — with a few extra treats thrown in!
Well, it’s time to ‘fess up: my name is Leah and I’m a peanut butter addict. Seriously — I eat peanut butter at least once a day and even keep a jar at my desk. But, as much as I love to eat it by the spoon, with toast or a big square of chocolate (I keep that at my desk, too), I tend to worry about the less-than-welcome side effects of my peanut butter addiction. Healthier recipes, like the eight listed below, are a great way to feed my peanut butter monster without packing in the sugar and carbs. Just be warned — after reading this list, you’ll be keeping a jar by your side, too.
With flax seed, whole wheat flour and low-fat milk, Robert Irvine’s nutritious breakfast is one you can feel good about. For extra protein (and crunch), he tops his pancakes with a chopped up peanut butter protein bar, along with sliced strawberries and a drizzle of stevia.
It doesn’t get easier than Ellie Krieger’s five-minute smoothie. Just mix banana, nonfat milk, nonfat yogurt and natural peanut butter in the blender until smooth. Pour in your favorite glass and enjoy!
Light, crunchy and delightfully delicious, these Vietnamese-style rolls are just what you’re looking for in a healthy lunch. A winning combo of chicken, rice and veggies fill the insides of these rolls, which get even better when paired with a rich, smooth peanut butter sauce. Pro tip: Prep all the ingredients the night before, so in the morning you can roll and go!
Trisha Yearwood’s protein-packed power balls are the ideal healthy snack. She pulses a combo of wholesome ingredients (think peanut butter, oats, dried fruit and seeds) in the food processor, then chills the dough to bind the mixture together. After the dough is rolled into balls, Trisha pops a few in her purse to have on-hand when a snack attack hits.
With this easy recipe, feel free to say “see ya later” to your sad desk lunch. Thanks to soba noodles and a peanut butter sauce, this vegetarian meal is full of appetite-quenching protein. Bonus: The recipe is super-easy to double up, which means lunch is covered for the next day, too.
You can count on Bobby Flay for a healthy dinner that’s ultra-satisfying. With crunchy veggies, tender chicken and a smooth peanut butter dressing, his five-star recipe is what salad dreams are made of.
We can’t say enough about these decadent bars. Though they taste downright sinful, the use of Greek yogurt and all-natural peanut butter significantly cuts down the calories compared to similar desserts. Plus, with a creamy peanut butter filling and chopped peanuts on top, there’s no better way to get your peanut butter fix.
Let’s be real — who doesn’t love a gooey, decadent cookie? These tasty treats are packed with peanut butter and chocolate, along with heart-healthy oats, golden raisins and unsweetened coconut. Since these treats are best served cold, they can be whipped up at any time and left to chill out in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.